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MS. Laud Misc. 541

Summary Catalogue no.: 1361

William of Saint-Thierry; Germany (Eberbach), 13th century, end


Language(s): Latin

(fol. 1)

Added verses:

Incipit: Si quis sentiret

WIC 17947

Incipit: Simplex ac humilis devotus religiosus
(fols. 1v-207r)
William of Saint-Thierry; Arnold of Bonneval; Geoffrey of Auxerre, Vita I S. Bernardi
Rubric: Incipit prologus domini Willelmi abbatis sancti Theoderici in vitam sancti Bernhardi Clarevallis abbatis
Incipit: (prologue) Scripturus vitam servi tui ad honorem nominis tui
Rubric: Incipit liber primus de vita sancti Bernardi abbatis Clarevallis.
Incipit: Bernardus castellione Burgundie oppido oriundus fuit
Explicit: sicut et tu super omnia Deus benedictus in saecula Amen.
Final rubric: Explicit vita beatissimi patris nostri Bernardi primi abbatis Clarevallis. | Merces scriptoris sit laus perpes et honoris. | Hic liber est scriptus, qui scripsit sit benedictus. | Liber sancte Marie virginis in Eberbach.

PL 185. 225–368; ed. P. Verdeyen & C. Vande Veire, CCCM 89B (2011); BHL 1211–16.

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: 208 leaves
Dimensions (leaf): 240 × 173 mm.
Dimensions (written): 161 × 112 mm.


Written in 19 long lines.


Red silhouette initials in rectangular frame with yellow ground; added occasional decoration in green. Red initials with simple decoration.


Brown tanned calf over laminated pulpboard for Abp. Laud, 1637–1639.


Origin: 13th century, end ; German, Eberbach, Cistercian abbey

Provenance and Acquisition

Probably written at Eberbach: ex libris, fol. 208r, is part of the scribal colophon.

Cistercian monastery of Eberbach: scribal colophon (fol. 207r); ex libris, Liber sancte marie in eberbach (fol. 1r, 208r).

Possibly identifiable as d 12 in the Eberbach library catalogue of 1502.

F. Richard, 16th century, second half: his name inscribed on f. 208r

William Laud, 1573–1645, 1638.

Part of his third donation to the Bodleian, 1639.

MS. Laud Misc. 541 - flyleaf (fol. i)


A will (fragment)

Mention of possessions in Mainz, the Franciscans in Gonsenheim (Mainz), sister Else, wife Kettichin, priest Johan Raithus and the servant Clesgin.

Language(s): German

Physical Description

Form: sheet
Support: Parchment
Extent: part of a single folio
Dimensions (fragment): 182 × 240 mm.
bound sideways


Origin: 15th century ; Germany

Additional Information

Record Sources

Description adapted by Tuija Ainonen (November 2019) from the following sources (with additional description of contents):
Nigel F. Palmer, Zisterzienser und ihre Bücher: die mittelalterliche Bibliotheksgeschichte von Kloster Eberbach im Rheingau (Regensburg, 1998), pp. 152, 267, 296, 315 [physical description, date, origin, provenance, endleaf]
Otto Pächt and J. J. G. Alexander, Illuminated Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, I (1966), p. 72
H. O. Coxe, Laudian Manuscripts, Quarto Catalogues II, repr. with corrections, 1969, from the original ed. of 1858–1885 [contents, acquisition]

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (full digital facsimile)


Last Substantive Revision

2019-11-21: Description revised for Polonsky digitization project to include additional information from printed descriptions.